SCCM 2007 : Solution for audio issue when building your Windows XP SP3 Reference image
By Kenny Buntinx
When you deploy a Windows XP SP3 reference image, and you use the Task Sequence to add certain soundcard drivers you might face the problem that your soundcard drivers are installed but at the end there is no sound.
Apparently if you do not log in without a user on your XP SP3 windows can't detect a part of the soundcard device.
A possible solution is installing the sound device manually and using the application drivermax (http://www.innovative-sol.com/drivermax/) to capture the necessary drivers.
Import these drivers as a driver package in SCCM and deploy it with your task sequence.